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Beneath EU’s blanket of optimism about controlling irregular migration, holes and hidden figures remain in its policy financing

By PATRICK STEPHENSON , BRUSSELS – The European Commission adopted its ‘hotspot’ approach in May 2015, during the enormous refugee wave that saw over a million people journey across the Mediterranean towards Europe. While EU members generally control their own borders and process asylum application, the Commission conceived of ‘hotspots’ as a way to provide direct operational support to Greece and Italy, the destinations for most migrants, many of them refugees from Syria.

But how has this approach’s administration and financing been handled? A special report on the Italian and Greek hotspots was released on…

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EU leaders’ decisions augur big developments for European defence policy, with wider implications for other sectors as well

By PATRICK STEPHENSON and BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – After decades of procrastination, national leaders at their 22-23 June summit here took decisions that now set the stage for the EU’s entry into the defence field, though any talk of an imminent “European” army is fantasy. Nonetheless, important policy proposals by the European Commission were approved. The member states themselves finally agreed to finance their diverse battlegroups to boost the EU’s common security and defence policy (CSDP), for example, while approving plans – far more radical – to allow self-selected EU countries to shift into “permanent structured cooperation” (PESCO) in defence. But these were just some of the approved measures. An interesting coda to these decisions will be their impact on the EU’s...